Asked on May 19, 2017

What to plant in our 50 ft retaining wall that is mostly shade?

Grace RobertsonCaseyem11Janet Pizaro


I've never undertaken something like this so I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with all the variety of perennial plants/flowers to choose from. Any advice on what plants to mix and that would also give color from early spring through fall. We live in zone 5. Thank you for any help!
5 answers
  • Caseyem11
    on May 19, 2017

    There are many hydrangea that like shade, oak leaf among them. These could go in the back. In front, astilbe provide dramatic interest and color. Hosta come in all sizes and colors. Japanese grass are beautiful gold leaves that would be pretty on the wall. In the early spring, crocus would bring a nice bit of color. Sweet woodruff is a beautiful low growing ground cover. Impatience are a colorful shade loving annual.
  • Susan E
    on May 19, 2017

    Better Homes and Gardens publishes No Fuss Garden Plans. They might be a good place to look for ideas or to copy wholesale.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 19, 2017

    For shade perennials....Heuchera they come in a variety of different color,Hostas,Liriope,Bleeding Heatrs,Black mondo grass,hinoki variegated grass....mix in some coldful annuals as guniea impatience,non-stop begonia,calidum,and coleus.
  • Caseyem11
    on May 19, 2017

    Hydrangea (oak leaf) for the back, astilbe in front of them, hosta comes in many sizes and colors, sweet woodruff makes a pretty edge, impatience add tons of color. Crocus provides early color. Coleus also provides a lot of interest.
    , Oak leaf hydrangea and dragon wing begonia
  • Grace Robertson
    on May 19, 2017

    Boston Ivy is a very good choice. I guess you can plant climbing hydrangea and vinca minor. I hope this helps you
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